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I can't even believe how much this girl is eating. I get her to latch on for about 15-20 minutes but as you all know, we are having nursing problems and she gets almost nothing from the breast. She is eating about 4 oz at each feeding. Is there a growth spurt going on? She will be 3 weeks tomorrow. I am stunned- I read that her tummy is the size of her fist so I don't know how it can hold so much! We have tried other things that may be the issue when she cries- changing her, cuddling her, rocking her, pacifier, etc, but food is the only thing that pacifies her! What is your experience with this?
 

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There is a 3 week growth spurt but it's always amazing how much they can eat. Just keep on plugging away at the nursing and feeding.<br><br>
IME babies tend to know what they want, so if nursing/eating calms her down, then that's what she want.
 

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Sounds like a growth spurt. They typically have one at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months.<br><br>
We're starting the 6 week growth spurt, and boy is it draining! Luckily it usually only lasts a few days. Hang in there!
 

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Yup, yup. Conrad ate about every 45 minutes during his three week spurt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: The good news is that it only lasted about a day. Part of what she is doing is increasing your milk supply... once your boobs catch up, she will calm down.<br><br>
But yeah, 4 oz is a lot! Conrad ate 3.5 at the Lactation Consultant yesterday, and he is 8 lb 10 oz and a week older than Mairaed. The LC said he needed about 2.5 oz (75 cc) per feed, so he is getting more than he needs.<br><br>
Nothing makes a breastfeeding mama feel more accomplished than little fat rolls on baby's legs and arms. You might start seeing those soon!
 

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Her head is already about twice the size it was when she was born (thank goodness she had a small head for childbirth!) and she is definitely growing alot.<br><br>
How the hell do you make 3.5 oz of breastmilk? I am lucky if I can get an ounce and a half into her at the LC and I can only pump 2 oz...
 

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What Mairaed eats at the LC is a function of how efficiently she sucks at the breast, and pumping is not a good indication of how much milk you can produce. If she is getting time at the boob right now, you'll probably be producing even more milk in a few days, after her growth spurt is over.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How the hell do you make 3.5 oz of breastmilk? I am lucky if I can get an ounce and a half into her at the LC and I can only pump 2 oz...</div>
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I've been told that what you can pump is only about 1/3 of what you are actually producing, because the pumps are not very efficient. So you are probably producing a lot more than you think mama! Once Mairaed gets a little bigger and gets the nursing problems sorted out, she will be able to get out so much more than any pump can...
 

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I'm just the opposite... I was thinking "ONLY 2 ounces??"<br><br>
When we had the LC here and Peri was only comfort nursing at less than one week old, she took 2 oz from each breast in about half an hour total. I can't imagine what she takes now that my milk is all the way in and she is GULPING down milk for half an hour on EACH SIDE!!<br>
Of course, we have some reflux issues too, so she's spitting probably a tablespoon of it back up each feed, but STILL!!! I do tend to have oversupply too and it's easy for me to pump- I can easily get 6 oz without much effort from each breast with a small hand pump, so if that's only 1/3 of my actual supply, than DANG! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
We're at 3 weeks today and she's seeming to get more sleepy, but I think we might have a little bit of a bug going around at my house, cause we're all really tired the past couple of days with not much appetite for any of us.<br><br>
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